Jalapeño Poppers à la Carolina

  The first time I tried Palmetto Cheese, it was a revelation. I became a pimento cheese snob. I have always loved pimento cheese. It was the stuff between slices of Wonderbread that made my heart sing.  But Palmetto Cheese is next-level stuff.  Theirs is the first pimento cheese I’ve ever had that included bits…

Hickory Smoked Pork Tenderloin

We asked the building management if we could please, please, please set up a Big Green Egg on the roof of our building.  The answer was polite (we love our building and management!) but firm.  Nope.  No dice.  It’s in the lease.  But we have a lovely electric grill on the roof. And we totally…

Beef Ribs – Texas Style

I was born in Texas.  I only lived there for a few years, but I really believe there’s something about arriving on the planet somewhere in Texas that creates a predisposition for the true and uncompromising love of beef ribs. Don’t get me wrong–I love pork ribs too!  Never let it be said that I…

Diamond Dave’s Tri-Tip

I fell in love with a tri-tip sometime around 2008.  My friend Dave grilled it in his backyard, way out in Tulsa Oklahoma.  Mind = blown.  Every time I make a delicious tri-tip, I dedicate the first bite to Dave. This lovely cut courtesy of International Meats, hands-down my favorite butcher in Astoria. Also, hey…

Pork Chop Perfection

Sawkill Farm provides the most beautiful and consistently delicious pork chops we’ve ever had the pleasure to grill.   All you need is a smoking hot grill and a simple seasoning of salt, pepper, garlic, and smoked paprika.  Sauteed zucchini and baked sweet potatoes rounded out the plate, but the chops stole the show.

Chicken-Q: Wilkes County Fire Dept. chicken with an NYC twist

  This weekend was all about North Carolina bbq, where vinegar and peppers meet butter and spices.  Big hat tip to the Wilkes County Fire Department, whose chickenque fundraisers have inspired thousands to get in the kitchen and try to emulate the amazing secret marinade. Our NYC take on this NC tradition started with beautiful…

Why BBQ?

Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start. – Anthony Bourdain